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Disc Brake Kits & Parts for Dodge, Ford, GM Trucks

Disc Brake Kits are used to replace the disc brakes most modern vehicles have on the front wheels, or sometimes even the disc brakes on all four wheels. These discs are what actually stop a car when you press your foot down on the pedal. Most modern cars use a single piston caliper disc brake, with many aftermarket options available made of different materials for different applications.

More About Disc Brake Kits & Parts for Dodge, Ford, GM Trucks from OC Diesel

Disc brakes are made of pads, a caliper with piston, and a hub mounted rotor. The pads clamp the rotor rather than the wheel, with the force being shot through a cable hydraulically instead of through a cable. The pad/disc friction is what slows the disc down. Brakes convert kinetic energy of a vehicle into heat displaced by the pad and disc's shared friction. These disc brake systems are typically vented, which have a set of vanes that cools the brakes by pumping air through them. Vehicles which have disc brakes on all four wheels must have a separate emergency brake to be used in case of emergency failure of the original system. Disc brake pads usually have a piece of metal on them called a wear indicator. When enough of the friction material is worn away, the wear indicator will contact the disc and make a squealing sound. There is also an inspection opening in the caliper to see how much friction material is left on the brake pads. Sometimes, deep scores get worn into brake rotors. This can happen if a worn-out brake pad is left on the car for too long. Brake rotors can also warp, or lose their flatness. If this happens, the brakes may shudder or vibrate when the car stops.